Migrating safely and securely to Windows 10 is one of the major challenges for IT decision makers. With the end of Windows 7 Professional and 8.1 as of October 31 2016, all new PC machines will now be shipped with Windows 10, while downgrading to 7 or 8 will no longer be a viable option.
(Guest post from our Australian Citrix partner Kelly Sargent from Teba)
Windows 10 is now the leading operating system for corporate workplaces, bringing a long list of services to multiple devices. Windows 10 streamlines activities, increases productivity, and makes sensitive information more secure than ever.
The only way to properly manage and streamline the software of corporations into a standard operating environment (SOE) is to upgrade all devices to the modern standpoint of Windows 10. Teba knows how to make that process safe and easy, without harming business productivity.
Migrating to Windows10 – The Concerns
The migration to Windows 10 holds two major concerns for IT Managers; applications being compatible with the new system, and the process of migration itself without interrupting productivity. Some companies require the use of dozens, if not hundreds, of applications across multiple devices. This changeover could have potentially dire consequences if not handled correctly.
Microsoft’s current policy of keeping its systems up to date has led them to enforce every second update as non-optional. This often leaves limited time for IT departments to vet a large amount of apps, while the vetting methods themselves are also time-consuming and costly.
With three products geared specifically towards this process, Citrix has the optimal services to assist you in migrating your organization to Windows 10 without hassle or worry.
Application DNA saves time by testing applications’ compatibility with Windows 10 before you install it.
AppDNA imports applications for analysis and dissection, essentially studying at their fundamental level (or DNA) and checking its compatibility with the new system. This works with any new system, be it Windows10, the new server 2016 platform or the latest version of any internet browser.
AppDNA provides a report on each application, delivering a rating of green (good to go), amber (needs work) or red (incompatible).
This report discovers if an application can migrate appropriately or not, and it also pinpoints exactly what changes need to be made in order to make that app work in the new environment.
One of the great advantages of AppDNA is that this process is not employed to applications one at a time; it’s done in bulk, saving a huge amount of time, money and effort. Companies will be able to find out quickly and efficiently how ready they are to make the changes.
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – XenDesktop
VDI allows you to run a copy of Windows 10 virtually (in your data centre or cloud), this enables users to experience Windows 10 without having it installed on their local computer.
Virtual desktops are not a new initiative; however, Citrix applies a new level of access and ease of use that is a game changer to the process. By moving the virtual desktop of Windows 10 to a datacenter, or cloud, rather than installing it on every computer, means that the same experience can be delivered to thousands of people at once, with only the one copy of the virtual desktop itself ever requiring any changes.
VDI is a simple and manageable method to ease a company into the new system without losing a step of productivity along the way.
XenApp is an initiative that allows users to run applications virtually, without installing them on the machine.
Apps and desktops no longer need to be inextricably linked to a single device or system. Xen App allows for a virtual delivery of applications without the dependency on the operating system to run it. The applications are moved into a datacenter and delivered via the Internet through the Citrix receiver or HTML5 browser directly to end users.
By not installing them directly into the devices, you can have two different versions of the same app running simultaneously in the different environments. Since the applications are decoupled from the local operating system, you can continue to run your legacy applications on the new operating system while you are still testing and migrating to the new versions.
This cuts testing time without damaging productivity. It also keeps the new version out of the device’s current system, making migration an easy and safe procedure.
This means during a Windows 10 enforced update, the applications will continue to run as they did previously, as they are not tied to the local operating system – which ensures productivity
Where to Start? – TEBA Guides You Through
Citrix has designed each of these migration aides with four aims;
1. To make the migration process easy
2. To make the migration cost effective
3. To make the migration efficient
4. To minimize harming business productivity
Each of these aids are significant shifts in the market towards pushing the evolution of a company’s SOEs into a modern setting.
A company can pick any of the Citrix solutions to their issues, or they can use all three at once.
Windows 10 is the cutting edge of today’s information technology standards. With a mobile and multi-device workforce now common practice, it is essential to ensure every device, user and software is synchronized into the same system. If you have questions about migrating your Windows 10 environment, then contact your SoftwareONE or Teba representative.